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I thought I would start an LGBT community group on this network. I think it would be a great start to help connect people who are looking to network, get more involved; especially those who are relocating to Portland or who have recently relocated.

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Comment by Stephanie Lee on November 6, 2011 at 5:45am

Hello all!

I recently graduated from the University of Maine, Orono Me. I've been talking about moving out to Portland probably for a year or two now. I've done a little research on the area, but have never been there. I've lived in Maine my entire life but have always felt such a strong pull to the west coast. I haven't got a job or a place to live lined up yet, but I am determined to move there. This will be the first time I've really been completely on my own, leaving the land and people I love behind, so needless to say I'm incredibly scared. I don't know anyone living in Portland and my nearest connection lives in Seattle. So anything, any little bit of motivation, tips, or info on a place to rent, would be such an incredible help. Thanks so much!

Comment by Edwin on June 1, 2011 at 4:07pm
Hello Group. I'm new here and wanted to make my presence known. I hope you all are well. :)
Comment by Michael G. Prestia on October 11, 2010 at 6:33am
Hi B: Wow, you are an inspiration to us all. Don't feel defeated. You have already done a great deal and a fierce force of power and love and acceptance and are a light of hope for teens as a great teacher!! GLSEN is a great source for teachers and teens and the Gay/Straight Alliances are awesome. I bet even PFLAG would be a great guide and source. Did you also contact the QCenter in Portland as well as Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) and I bet they could provide assistance and resources. Mayor Sam Adams' office should have resources. The more we band together, the better it will get.Don't be discouraged, be fierce and stand proud for all you do for the LGBTQ community!!
Comment by B Hubbard on October 10, 2010 at 12:53pm
Hi Michael,
Thanks for your thoughtful responses. I am familiar with "It will get Better." I teach a class called "Staging Gender" and I plan to use Dan Savages materials. I will look on Queerty.com & GLSEN I am not familiar with them. Sometimes I feel like I am living on the moon out here in podunk.

I am so sad and angry and even somewhat defeated by Tyler's and Matthews deaths and all the others who have left this earth in such horror, shame and fear. My God. Even though I have been through the mill and had to deal with a lot of really ugly crap in my life, I just cannot wrap my mind around what happened to dear Tyler and what is happening to so many people in our "land of the free and home of the brave". It sends me into such despair that I want to hide and retreat. That is what persecutors want. To force those who don't fit the "norm" to draw into their caves and hide? We must fight that.

As a teacher in a rural area that splits my time between Pltd and elsewhere, I am searching always for how I can support and mentor others to be their most healthy, happy and authentic selves.

If anyone else comes up with ideas please let me know. We did Laramie Project seven years ago and were picketed by the Phelps gang. Which ironically did more for the GLTB community than anything because the group was so anti-American and suggested that the crash of the Challenger was God punishing us for "fags" and they dragged the flag through the dirt, and protested the Methodists and the Catholics, too. They offended so many people, on so many levels that the GLTB community gained support, in some sort of wierd way. I guess some folks felt, well, "I don't care much about gay rights, but you will not drag our flag, or our churches through the mud." The students organized so beautifully and handled their protest of the protestors with such grace that it restored my faith in human beings.

There are so many good people who care and accept and love, we must not forget that either.

When is Kevin Jennings going to speak out? Great question. Time to write your letters to our elected leaders.....again.
Comment by Michael G. Prestia on October 10, 2010 at 11:52am
Besides the Laramie Project, a good source to contact is the Trevor Project that deals with teen suicide. Dan Savage has the "You Tube" project: "It Will Get Better", Anderson Cooper just did a CNN Special Report on Bullying.

I am from NJ and lived in the next town over from Rutgers University so Tyler Clementi's suicide hits very close to him for me. I just read on Queerty.com that there was another teen suicide.

I want to know when is Kevin Jennings, who did amazing work at GLSEN (also another great source) who is now in the Obama Administration is going to stand up and speak out. The silence is deafening and very troubling to me. It is time we all stand up and be counted. I hope that the federal anti bullying legislation is passed quickly. This past year has been horrific with Gay teen suicides. One is too many!!
Comment by B Hubbard on October 9, 2010 at 11:47am
The recent Clementi tragedy underscores all the work that needs to be done. If you have ideas about consciousness raising projects, plays or other events that might be staged in rural communities, please post them here. Thanks.
B
Comment by Michael G. Prestia on May 27, 2010 at 9:56am
Thanks for creating this Group. I am new to Portland, so I appreciate the group and a great way to network!
Comment by Bonnie Roseman on April 8, 2010 at 1:37pm
The 16th? That sounds good!
Comment by Jen O. on February 5, 2010 at 5:32pm
Yes, I would go!
 

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